and then we were four: a birth story in words.

I wanted to write this down exactly as I remember it, which may or may not be exactly how it happened. I wanted to share this before I saw the video of that day, which I know I will treasure always and will share with you soon. This is how I recall the days leading…

on perception.

Dearest Niara, I’ve been here before. I know this place that smells of new skin and betadine and sour milk. I know this place that sounds of tiny coos and grunts from new lungs and the hum of the washing machine running more often than usual. Daddy and I lose track of what day and…

three years later.

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. – George Eliot Three years ago we gathered with family and friends to celebrate Noelani’s upcoming arrival. We had our baby shower on my grandmother’s farm in Pennsylvania….

hello world.

“I am certain, my love, that poetry was born only after your birth.” — Kaman Kojouri We’ve spent the past few days in the surreal bliss that we are now a family of four. Tuesday morning at 10:23am we welcomed into the world all 7 pounds and 14 ounces of Niara Leia Elaine. Niara (Swahili) meaning…

a letter to my first born.

“Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning Dearest Noelani, No matter what happens next, you will always be the one who made me a mother.  I remember the first day we learned of your existence. I was nearly in tears as I processed the information, neither tears of sadness nor tears of joy……

our summer bag.

It’s getting hot (and humid) in DC and we just wanted to share some of the things we’ve added to our bag for the summer time! Reusable Water Bottle Hydration is key to get through these DC summers (also necessary when super pregnant). We prefer stainless steel to plastic and these from KINGSO are our…

an even bigger love.

However much I might try to expound or explain Love, when I come to Love itself, I am ashamed of my explanations… Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers. — Rumi Everyone said it would happen… that as happy and full as our love and marriage and life were before, they would…

a panda baby on the way.

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” – E.B. White   Get your copy of our book here!

trust your training.

Early April is a great time to be in Washington, D.C. It is during this time of the year that the cherry blossoms that line the tidal basin around the monuments reach their peak bloom and remind us of the gift of friendship between Japan and the United States. In April of 1968, the atmosphere…

this is my American dream.

Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me You let me make a difference A place where even orphan immigrants Can leave their…

new year, new direction.

Change has been coming for a while over here. When we started our page in 2011 as WeArePrimalTwo we had recently converted to a full paleo/primal lifestyle and wanted to share that transition with others. The idea that we were part of a healthy lifestyle movement was exciting, and we grew our Facebook and Instagram pages…

noe turns two.

Another year of more baby belly laughs and barefoot runs and the privilege of watching this all in real time. Video snapshots from Noelani’s second year on earth.